Men's Golf Finishes Second at Shoal Creek Invitational
Birmingham, Ala. – The 12th-ranked LSU men’s golf team closed out regular season play on Tuesday with a second-place finish at the Shoal Creek Invitational that was hosted at the Shoal Creek Country Club. The Tigers shot a tournament total of 6-over par 870 (285-290-295). All teams at the tournament played 36 holes on Tuesday to finish the tournament.
No. 24 Alabama ran away with the team title as the only team to finish under par with a two-day tally of 13-under par 851 (285-281-285). LSU picked up wins at the tournament over No. 15 North Florida, No. 13 Auburn, and No. 22 Tennessee.
Philip Barbaree was LSU’s top finisher with a tie for fourth place. The junior finished the tournament at 2-under par 214 with rounds of 67, 71, and 76. It’s the fifth top-five finish of his career, and three of those have come in his last six starts. The Shreveport native rolled in 12 birdies in the tournament to rank tied for third in the field in that category.
Trey Winstead and Garrett Barber squeezed in top-10 finishes with a tie for ninth place at 1-over par 217 each. Winstead’s best round of the tournament came on Tuesday morning with a two-under par 70 in the second round. He fit the 2-under 70 in between rounds of 73 and 74. For the lefty sophomore, it’s his seventh top-10 finish of his career. He registered 40 pars out of the 54 holes played to rank second in the tournament. Barber notched the second top-10 finish of his young and bright career. Barber was the only Tiger in round three to record a score of even par of better with a 72. Barber’s final round 72 featured five birdies, nine pars, three bogeys and a double.
Luis Gagne finished tied for 32nd with a 6-over par 222. After an opening round of 76 on Monday, Gagne carded consecutive rounds of 73 to close out the tournament. Gagne, just like Winstead, registered 40 pars during the tournament to rank second in the field in that category. Nathan Jeansonne finished in a tie for 66th at 15-over 231 (77-78-76). Michael Sanders, who was playing as an individual, registered a tie for 18th with a 54-hole total of 3-over par 219 (68-74-77).
Postseason play will commence with the SEC Championship on Wednesday, April 24, with the first of three days of stroke play at the Sea Island GC. After the three days of stroke play, the top eight teams will duke it out via match play for the conference title on Saturday and Sunday.